Earlier this week I had an interview for a stipend at a local hospital (who I want to work for when I graduate). I start an accelerated BSN program in... oh man... 10 days.
I managed to ask (I think) some pretty good questions during my interview, especially about the orientation process and other things for new grads. This is the info I was given:
First, new grads are able to work on any unit and in any specialty upon graduation (no incarceration in med/surg first). New grads go through a 2 week "hospital" orientation and then receive another 6-8 weeks of orientation on whatever unit they will be assigned to. Longer orientations are given for some units, like ER, OR, NICU and L&D. New grads work with one, or maybe more, preceptors (depending on your work schedule and the preceptor's work schedule, etc.) and they (in HR) seldom hear that orientation did not go well for the new grad. If at the end of the 6-8 weeks the new grad or the preceptor feels orientation needs to be extended, it can be, within reason.
From what I have read on this forum about new grads and from what I know about this hospital, this sounds like a pretty good deal. Am I right? If I receive the stipend I will receive up to $20,000 for school and will work for them for 2 years in return.
Let me know if this sounds like a solid program for a new grad. Thanks!
Aug 26, '06
Quote from Megsd
I didn't mean to sound insulting. I have just heard of programs where you HAVE to stay in med/surg for a year or more before being allowed to move to any other unit that you may be more interested in. I honestly don't know what specialty I would like to do at this point and I would consider med/surg as well as any other unit at this point. My apologies for my use of words in that sentence.
The hospital does not have to offer the money to make us stay. It is a special offer for students in the accelerated nursing program, not for those in the traditional program. Because the accelerated program strongly recommends students not try to work while in school, the extra money is a strong incentive for me to help pay for living expenses while in school. This hospital is one of the best in the region, has the only level 1 trauma center in the region, and is very well respected. I have met many current and retired nurses who trained and worked there and have never heard a bad word about it from a nursing perspective.
Again, I apologize for the wording of my earlier post. As difficult a unit as I have heard med/surg to be, I respect anyone who is dedicated to that area of nursing. And thanks for the other comments as well.
Thanks for that apology. I just get my dander up when people refer to med/surg that way.
The stipend sounds like a good idea then. One thing to keep in mind though is to ask around at how well grads of your accel. program are doing in their transition from student to nurse. There is only one accel. program in our area(well two now, but the second one is brand new) and the students are struggling big time and the hospital I work at (also a Level 1 Trauma center - busiest in PA) is considering no longer hiring accel. BSN grads - due to how undertrained they are clinically.
Now, before anyone jumps all over me, the second program is DeSales Univ. which is a very good nursing program. The hosp is waiting to see how their grads do before making such a decision. The other school may be the problem, not accel. progs in general.
What I'm trying to say is make sure your program is good and that the grads feel adequately prepared when it is all said and done.
Last edit by CarVsTree on Aug 26, '06
Feb 22, '07
I think you may want to consider MED SURGE first after all, since this will help you hone your basic skills (which after graduating nursing school
may be lacking) that when you do decide to go to a "specialty" area of the hospital, you'll be top notch with the BASICS
-- foley insertion, Ng insertion, IV maintenance, starting IVs etc. Because a lot of new nurses struggle with THE BASICS that keeps them from learning the absolute ESSENTIALS of a specialty floor.
AND this is why Med Surge had been a prerequisite (incarceration?!) prior to entering a specialty area. It was never meant to be PUNISHMENT!
Last edit by CaLLaCoDe on Feb 22, '07